“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (ESV)
It’s not easy to “remain steadfast under trial”. Especially if we choose to rely upon our own resources.
Yet turning to God for help can appear to be a form of weakness.
Our natural instinct is often to try and “tough it out” on our own. Resolute in our determination to “go it alone”.
But God promises to ease our “burden” and “give [us] rest” if we would just “come to [Him]” when we “labor and are heavy laden” (Matthew 11:28-30).
We are told that it’s through these “trials” that we in fact become stronger.
I’ve learned this time and time again during my running training. That it’s necessary to first increase the stress levels and permit a breakdown in the muscles so that they can then be rebuilt during the times of rest.
Yes, it is a test. But we’re anything but alone in our struggles.
And ultimately the prize is the crown of life. No small thing!
But the “promise” is only to “those who love Him”. A poignant reminder to those who choose to sit-on-the-fence!
prayer : that those friends and family who do not love Him may yet come to know Him
action : trust God to keep His promise